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see you online. >> good evening everyone. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. kiev in flames. antigovernment protests spreading to nearly half the country. government offices seized as ukraine's government promises to restore stability. violence in egypt, a new round of bombings on the even of the third anniversary of the egyptian revolution. desperation in syria. a baby pulled alive from the rubble of aleppo. as diplomats in switzerland
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search for a way to stop the horror. the legal battle in texas, over an unbone baby of a woman on life support. best surfers, challenging monster waves off the coast of california. >> and we begin again tonight in ukraine, where there's more violence and more anger in the streets. the growing antigovernment movement prompted the state department to issue a warning to americans traveling there. as ukraine faces mounting pressure at home and abroad its president is now offering some concessions. so far, that hasn't stopped the demonstrators, see the live pictures from independence square. jennifer glasse joins us live
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from kiev. what sort of risks to american travelers are we talking about, jennifer? >> well, john, i think the state department issued that warning because it is a very, very fast moving situation in kiev and also around the country. because we have seen demonstrations spread to 12 regions of ukraine's 24 regions. but even here in kiev tonight, the demonstrations, uneasy truce that had been going on, those demonstrations got a little bit more intense tonight. the barriers are burning on grushevska street a little from me in independence square. you can hear the demonstrators a little from me here. the state department is concerned that anybody who doesn't understand what's going
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on could wander into the demonstrations. not just the demonstrators but the police. we have seen brutality when protestors got caught by police. we have seen them on camera, seeing them beaten up. the opposition leaders here tell them not tot to go to the hospitals -- to go to the hospitals. the hospital he report them and they end -- hospitals report them and they end up getting known. >> president yanukovych making at least some concessions. how are the protestors reacting? >> there is a lot of defiance as i said. it is the middle of the night here and there are still hundreds of people out on the streets. in other cities they have taken
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over government buildings. i watched president yanukovych's statement, playing on television here, with some ukrainians, and they say he looks scared, he looks concerned. he called an emergency session of parliament. after eight weeks of ignoring the people of the ukraine, he has to do something. whether he can do enough and appease them for keeping power, that is the question. now that is all they will stand for. president yanukovych trying to make concessions about the laws that were passed, about reshuffling his cabinet. for some ukrainians it may be too little too late. things moving very fast, john. the next few days will be very interesting in ukraine. >> songs of protest in independence square, jennifer glasse. thank you. now to egypt where a series
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of bombs exploded in and around the capitol today. it happened on the eve of the 2004 revolution. this cctv video captures the worst attack. the car exploding outside police headquarters in cairo. an armed group based in the sinai reportedly has taken responsibility for the explosi explosion. ali izatgar joins us this evening from san francisco. he is the executive director of u.c. berkeley program on entrepreneurship and development in the middle east. ali, welcome to you. >> thank you. >> what do you make of the latest violence? >> even the imperfect information that we have which suggests that the muslim brotherhood was not responsible for these attacks, it's fair to say it's not one of these objections. mohamed morse an morsi and the m
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brotherhood about a year ago, wee know about the coup d'etat that ousted this government, division in society to advance their agenda influence terrorism. so regardless of who was responsible for these attacks that appears to be what happened today. >> what impact will these militant groups actually have on the government and the public pl process there? >> i think the issue is regardless of whether or not a marities of egyptians deplore these attacks, if half of the population or a large segment of this population is demobilized then these attacks can be very effective. they are able to make society unstable in a way that makes the
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political process essentially fall into the hands of the military. and so they do have a severe effect. and as we've also seen today, the military is sort of implicitly blamed the muslim brotherhood for these attacks and that means there will be suspicion on the side of the muslim brotherhood that these may have been orchestrated so they can ultimately get rid of the brothe brotherhood influencn society as well. >> do you think this is going to be a sign there is more violence in the coming months in jeebt? >> i think unfortunately -- egypt? >> i think if there was a path towards stability that would be unlikely, where the government would invite all egyptians including the brotherhood to be involved. these disaffected masses that voted just a year nafl ago could once again -- year ½ ago could once again feel like they're
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part of the party. without that there is increased instability going forward. >> are there other possible solutions here? >> i think without inviting the brotherhood and again all egyptians to be part of the process in free and fair elections even given there was a coup that happened, without starting from scratch of sorts you really risk having a schism that last been exploited in these terrorist groups. it happened in algeria nearby, where the government was ousted by the military and years and thousands of people dead in a civil war which only recently called down. i would be pessimistic unless there was an about-face that the cc government would be expounding for its society. >> as we mark the three year anniversary of the revolution in 2011 can you assess the state of
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the egyptian government compared to 2011? >> it would be difficult to do that now. i think in decades time we can look bake to see how the last few years have meant for egypt's future. if for some grace of good luck the process that has played out begets a kind of constitution where at the end of the day the military does separate itself from the political process and they begin to invite these disaffected groups back into the core, i think we will view these being issues very differently. if egyptian society becomes increasingly divided, then you know, it would be very difficult to have an optimistic view of what might happen in the short to yee medium term. >> ali thanks for being here.
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>> thanks for having me. international ensproi envoyr brahimi. >> 9 who believes that bashar al-assad is going to willingly transition out of power obviously, it's crazy. >> in geneva, brahimi is remaining optimistic. our john shifrin is following the talks in switzerland. >> we -- this is one of the worst humanitarian crisis we've seen in years so many people here and in syria desperate for
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them to work, so many people looking for some mope. -- for some hope. in aleppo, syria a frantic search. after a government air strike, parents desperately digging for buried child. and in geneva, a last ditch effort for peace talks on the verge of failure. accused the opposition of cancelling a face to face meeting it already agreed to. >> the formula was acceptable to us. but we -- i'm sorry that the other side did not show up. >> reporter: the opposition tried to shift the blame. they demanded the regime discuss a transitional government without assad. >> obstacles to just run away from the opposition. >> u.n. envoy lakhdar brahimi knows it won't be easy. they will meet in the same room.
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>> i'm worried all the time. even without the delay of today. but i think -- i think that we are all right. we are going to meet tomorrow. i hope that it will be a good beginning. >> reporter: and in aleppo those parents hoped for a rescue. after several minutes of digging, the first sign of their daughter's clothes. 40 seconds later, her face and upper body are freed. 30 seconds later she still is stuck and nonresponsive. and finally, after nearly three years of brutal war, everyone in syria and geneva hoping for more miracles like today. >> now this face-to-face meeting begins about 5:00 eastern tomorrow. and even though brahimi says it is going to be difficult, he
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says the stakes are very high. he says the talks will determine the country's future and he asks everyone to pray for syria. nick shifrin, al jazeera, geneva. >> thanks to nick. wall street wrapped up the week with the dow dropping 318 points. it was the big eggs drop since last june. investors are worried about a slow dowj in china. ali velshi is in davos at the world economic forum. >> john, as you know, a rough day on the market, concerns about emerging markets which have been going gaj busters in the last several years have been slowing down. triggered by an economic report out of china at a that indicated some slowing, that china isn't going to grow as fast in the future than it has in the last decade or so. problems in the economy and the currency ended up dropping in value a great deal. that's given people concerns
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about emerging markets from around the world . i had a chance to talk to jim kim, president of the world bank, loaning funds to many emerging nations. he's very concerned, i asked him for his take. >> china has been explicit, this administration in china are very concerned about the reforms they have laid out. export oriented economy to one focused on consumption of services. this is huge. look we can't do this anymore, we're going to have to go back to our old model because we have got to keep the growth numbers up. this is not what they're saying. let the markets determine the distribution of resources. this is huge. i think they're committed to these reforms and these reforms are necessary. they've got to bring the investment rates down. they were up to 46, 47%
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investment rate, the highest we've ever seen. they know they've got to get the consumption levels up but they are doing the right things now and are not panicking with the relative drop in their growth rate. >> that was jim kim john. i don't know whether that was a really good reason for the selloff in the markets today. but these markets are a little frothy and any reason could fit your excuse for wanting to sell stocks. but at the moment emerging markets are being blamed for a tough market day. john, good to talk to you. i'm heading back to the united states. i'll see you in new york on monday. >> ali, we look forward to it. "real money" with ali velshi airs 7 p.m. eastern, 4 p.m. pacific every weekday. jill abramson sat down with
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me for an interview. big money, big power, most of all big stories. jill abramson is the executive editor for the new york times. that means she controls the conversation. from her place in the center of the newsroom she's led the gray lady through some of its toughest challenges. falling mtion add revenue. forced buyouts of about 30 editors, among them some of the most beloved veterans. abramson has also faced the shift to digital. the paper made the leap from free access to a metered pay scheme and said it won nearly a million subscribers. then the times first website redesign since 2006 with smoother access to social media outlets like twitter, what she's
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called her biggest competitor in breaking news. last september, she made news, her newsroom had begun to doubt her. her attitude leaves everyone feeling demoralized. often other occasions she can seem disengaged and uncaring. it highlighted the gender issue. news outcompletes, showed the times previous executive editors were based on performance, but she is the first female executive editor of the new york times in 160 years. last year under her leadership, the paper won 4 pulitzers, and despite the change news market she kept more than 1,000 employees and 25 foreign bureaus on the book. during our interview in her midtown office, she talked about dealing with the obama white house. >> it is the most secretive
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white house i have ever been involved in covering. the obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. that is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. >> and you think this comes directly from the president? >> i would think that it would have to. i don't know that. but certainly enough attention has been focused on this issue that if he departed from the policies of his government i think we would know that at this point. >> so it makes it more difficult for the new york times to do its job in your opinion? >> absolutely it does. >> let's go back in administration if you can. you were in washington during the at least the first term of george w. bush. >> yes. >> was the media or the new york times misled by the bush administration when it came to the iraq war? >> yes we were, there's no doubt about that. >> were we fooled? >> we were i think not diligent
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enough. i don't know if we were purposefully fooled. i think that there was a terrible echo chamber, where unreliable iraqi defectors were speak both to members of the media, and to intelligence officials, and high officials in the bush administration, and that an echo effect took hold. >> let me dive right into the news then, and talk a little bit about the nsa and edward snowden. >> uh-huh. >> daniel ellisberg -- >> right. >> -- was quoted recently as saying, edward snowden was his hero. do you view snowden as a hero or a traitor? >> i view him as i do juliana jn
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julian assange. as a whistle blower. >> we respectfully listen to concerns of the u.s. government that publishing a story is going to actually harm national security and we balance those concerns against the born impore and the newsworthiness of the information and our primary duty which is to keep the public informed. >> and for our entire interview with jill abramson watch "talk to al jazeera". this sunday. just ahead, the republicans plan to win over women voters. and controversy for a summer olympic athlete going through the winter olympic sport.
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>> new controversy for former nba all-star, dennis rodman. he might have violated sanctions in his visit to kim jong-un earlier this month.
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violated the law import being luxury goods, into this country. fine crystal, designer clothes, other gifts worth more than $10,000. well, when the winter olympics get underway next month, there will be a famous face on the u.s. winter olympic bobsled. but there -- she is more familiar for the summer olympics. "i love ya, ohio" jones, it's not saying she's a better athlete, it's because of her plairp. she failed to medal in both the 2008 and 2012 summer olympics. but make no mistake, the 31-year-old jones is a talented athlete. a couple of years ago, she made the transition into bobsledding in hopes of capturing an olympic medal.
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>> any time i have a failure i use it as motivation. it may be ironic, that my job is to jump over hurdles. i don't have the gold medal but i'm here four years later trying to jump for another shot. >> i feel this year it is a certain agenda. it is no fault of my teammates. there has been a lot of inconsistencies. that makes you wonder, what is going on? it is not right. another team mate who was passed over also child in. emily azevedo, said i should have had more twitter followers, rather than gaining muscle mass. azevedo has 2,000 twitter fans while jones has hundreds of thousands. >> if you look at the selection
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criteria, especially for the women in the back of the sled as these women are it is mostly subjective and the only real way to control your destiny is be a driver. that's why you see after the olympic cycle all the guys go to the front, they learn to drive. >> what is the u.s. selection committee saying about "i love ya, ohio" abouabout lolojones? ,. >> the criticism doesn't just go out towards the selection committee. i.t. also is sort of a dig at the drivers. >> the last time i can recall the u.s. bobsledding team getting this much attention is back in 1992 when hershel walker made the team. do you think it's good for the sport and the team because they're lacking star power? >> well you know bad publicity is good publicity big cliche.
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it's a great sport if everybody is talking about it. but frankly i don't think lolo can get a break. she has been a key member of the team, supportive, she seems to enjoy and appreciate where she is. >> so annie based on her performance alone how has she performed in the bobsled? >> this season she has been in four world cup races, two second place finished a 17th and next in line neck in neck with lolo. there was a tough decision, no doubt about it, this was not a slam dunk. >> all right amy burke, thank you for your insight. we are talking about the u.s. bobsled team. she's a lightning rod. >> there are a lot of talented people that can compete. >> some of the people got passed
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over were on the 2008 olympic team. >> life or death decision, a judge rules on a case involving a pregnant brain dead woman. plus, rape as punishment. an indian woman claims she was assaulted for falling in love.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. here are the top stories. antigovernment protestors spreading across ukraine despite concessions offered by president viktor yanukovych. the u.s. ask warning people traveling to the country that the situation there is too unpredictable. >> wave of attacks all aimed at police killed six people, four
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explosioned, around police headquarters in cairo. third anniversary of the egyptian revolution. the fighting s continues, a baby is rescued from the rubble of aleppo. tomorrow, the two sides in the country's civil war meet face to face to talk about the peace, in geneva. tonight a hospital in fort worth has been ordered to take a brainbrain dead pregnant woman f life support. mark schneider joins us. >> neither ever wanted to be kept alive by a machine. but the wife and mother had been and today a judge ruled in favor of eric munoz ordering the hospital to take his wife off life support. the question now is, will the hospital appeal? a family's private tragedy couldn't be more public now.
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marlise munoz was 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her unconscious in the bathroom. munoz was rushed to john peter hospital in fort worth. she's been on life support ever since. her hugs and family went to court, asking for her to die in dignity. the hospital wouldn't allow it because she is pregnant. the hospital says they cannot withdraw lifesaving treatment from a patient if she is pregnant. but if she is ir irreversibly bn dead, she is dead. talked briefly to reporters. >> this is the decision we sought. there is nothing happy about today. this was a sad situation all the way around. we are relieved that eric munoz
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can now move forward with the process of burying his wife. >> such a sad story being compounded by marlise's constitutional right being trampled by the state of texas. and my opinion, jps make a very incorrect interpretation of this law. >> pro-life activists were hoping for a different outcome. >> we are here to be a voice for the baby. we don't want to add to the family's anguish, or being disrespectful, we want a generalita gentlereminder that e to viability. >> they say the being are baby is distinctionly abnormal, suffers from hydroreceiv hydroa.
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she is be brain dead and therefore deceased under texas law . the hospital claims he was using his wife as a science experiment, looking out for the welfare of the unborn child and the hospital has until 5:00 monday to take marlise munoz off life support or file an appeal. john. >> joings us is the chief boy oowebioethicist. >> the texas law did not pertain to a person who was brain dead. who in that state and undisputedly was brairn dead. >> i'm trying to understand this here. the husband wanted her taken off life support. the family wanted her taken off
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life support. why was she still on life support? >> i think the hospital interpreted the statute in a very conservative fashion and was trying to ambiguity what mig they thought was, you can't use life sustaining therapy on someone who is clinically brain dead. you can't revive them, they are dead. >> even though there's a fetus, viable fetus? >> that is a good question of viability. pulmonary embolism at 14 weeks, bringing that fetus to term, unscathed and being able to survive is an open question. whatever insult was severe enough for to make her be brain dead, that is the patient, the fetus hasn't reached term and doesn't have the status of person-hood under federal law. that fetus was going osuffer,
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grave injury and to bring that all the way to term would be a minor miracle. >> doctor can you talk about the pregnancy clause in the texas law and why it exists? >> i think it is part of the culture of life and the pro-life tendencies in that part of the country. but i don't think anybody from what i've read intended it to be applied to a person who was brain dead and therefore i think the judge interpreting texas law made the right decision. >> did this necessarily mean it's over? or will -- could there be other legal and medical action taken? >> well, there's no medical action that can be taken. there's nothing that can make this person undead. i hope it's over from a legal point of view so that the munoz family can grieve. and also, i think the other issue is that mrs. munoz and her husband are interpreting her prior wishes and under other federal laws, the patient self determination act should dictate
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care. what the federal law does is it trumps state law. what it probably is this state is unconstitutional in in a number of rounds. >> given this situation, is there anythin any way to do anyr the fetus or not? >> in many cases the tragedy was a family tragedy, our heart goes out to all who grieve and there is nothing that can be done. >> dr. finn it's good to have you on the program, thank you very much. >> thanks for having me. >> after a fire at a nursing home in quebec, firefighters are using steam to melt the ice as they fought the fire in subzero temperatures. eight confirmed dead, dozens still missing, that number is expected to rise. they are asking for information how that fire might have started. the head of the republican national committee says his party has to be more inclusive in order to win. ways to connect with woman, lisa
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stark has that story. >> this is the face of the grand old party. that is the face the republican national committee is trying to send by showing off a group it calls its rising stars, every one of them a woman. including new mexico republican lawmaker ve veronica young bloo. >> we are mothers, we are students we are house moms, we are soc soccer moms. >> and republicans have tapped a woman, kathy rogers, a mother of three to deliver the gop response to the president's state of the union address. it is critical to reach women voters. in the last being election, democrats captured 56% of the female vote, republicans only 43%. sharon day is marshaling women.
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>> i'm committed to the plan, the party is committed to the plan, we are going to reach out one woman at a time, one vote at a time. >> the republicans have to convince women that they are caring about the problems that women face, and they have the economy and jobs. >> efforts to reach out to women may have been hindered by remarks made by former gop presidential candidate mike huckabee, saying that democrats are the ones short changing women. >> if the democrats want to short change the women of the nation that they are helpless without uncle sugar coming in, then so be it. >> democrats called the remark offensive and the rnc chair without mentioning any names reminded those here that words can speak as loud as actions.
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>> however, as we look to grow the ranks of our party, we must all be very conscious of tone and choice of words when we communicate those policies effectively. >> words of course can win or lose elections. so a word of caution: as republicans try to broaden their appeal. lisa stark, al jazeera, washington. >> appeared in federal court today former virginia governor robert mcdonald and his wife maureen are accused of taking bribes from a virginia businessman. in exchange they allegedly helped to promote the man's struggling company. their trial is scheduled to begin july 28th. let's head to washington, d.c, joie chen standing by to tell us what's at the top of the hour. joie.
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>> our program looks at in-depth education, especially in teaching science and math as a so-called flipped classroom. what students study in the classroom and what they study at home is turned upside down. could it help educated workers in u.s. industry? just how sit making a difference? >> if we can get people who are sort of tangentially interested, these are really exciting classes, physics for example is no longer the filter it used to be. it was the toughest job on campus. filtering out the unworthy now more and more people are getting through. >> i still love physics. it is a trend that is trickling down to lower school classes. we'll take a look at the potential and the pitfalls, by adam may.
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john. >> the gang rape of a 21-year-old woman, by men of her own village, reportedly as punishment for an affair. litty dutt has more on this from west bengal. >> an alleged crime that has shocked the nation. they reconstruct the movements of one of the men accused of raping a 20-year-old woman from this area on the alleged orders of a village court. earlier, state government representatives surveyed the area. they went door to door from the home of the victim to the homes of the men she says astacke attd her. >> no one will be spared if not guilty, no way can with the incident. secondly will not be punished or framed. >> the victim's brother who does not want to be identified says
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he fears for his life. he is not sure if his family will be able to return to this village. their lives he says have been ruined. >> translator: my sister has been wronged. my family wants the people who did this to her to go to jail for a very long time. >> reporter: the victim arrived at a local hospital on wednesday. the authorities say her condition is now stable. and while she continues to receive treatment for her injuries, people from her village have a very different story to tell. >> translator: rape never happened. our men didn't do anything. the boy who the girl was having an affair with is the one who raped her. >> reporter: but no one denies the village, as it's known here, held a session here. elders from the community did gather to decide on a punishment for the victim and the man she was having an affair with. police are now guarding the hut,
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the location of the crime. for more than a year the topic of rape in india last largely been discussed as an issue for cities like calcutta and new delhi. the first known case of raping used as a community sanctioned punishment in this state has once again drawn attention to women's rights in remote parts of the country. areas that national debate and india's modern legal system often fail to reach. lidlidy dutt. al jazeera, india. several members of our company condition mohamed fahmy and peter greste, are accused of joining a terrorist group. today arizona senator john
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mccain was critical of their continued imprisonment. >> i think it's a clear violation not only of their human rights but any aspect of freedom of the press. al jazeera has been chronicling events in egypt, probably far more intensively than any other world network. for the egyptian government to keep them in prison i think is another indicator that this military government and, it's really, that's what it is, is not keeping with the standards of international behavior that we would expect. >> two other journalists from our sister channels, reportsers abdalla alshami and mohammed badr have been held in egypt for five months. al jazeera says the allegations against all of its journalists are totally unfounded. coming up. hundreds of musicians and
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thousands of performances, we'll take you to the tamworth celebration down under. 20 of the world's best surfers compete in monster waives off the california coast.
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>> on friday we do have a lot of weather to talk about. across texas we see snow as well as icing in the north. snow making its way to the northeast. but it's really down here towards the southwest we're
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finally seeing rain after being very, very dry for the last month. this rain coming in really not going to do too much to relee leave the drought situation. the red flag warnings have decreased especially up to the north but we are dealing with them down leer in the south. the history of the drought, you can see extreme drought situations down here towards the south. a lot of severe drought for most of the state back in october. in november the drought did increase as we went to december, not too much of a change but unfortunately as we went towards january, the drought has really increased in this area. and of course we're looking at a situation here that they haven't seen in many, many, many years. now up here towards the northeast, we're looking at snow that's coming into the picture across the great lakes. what's going to be happening, snow across much of the region. in new york we're going to see only a dusting but north we will
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have more. news up next.
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>> every friday we like to take a little time to enjoy the arts. and tonight we go down under. there's a huge country music festival every year in contaminateworth, australia that attracts more than 55,000 people and it's known for its potential to turn unknowns into stars. andrew thomas reports. >> they call this the boulevard of dreams where musicians come to be discovered at the biggest country music festival in the southern hemisphere. ♪ ♪ >> the big names play the big venues. sometimes inside the big trucks. they compete for one of the coveted golden guitars that have given tamworth its biggest name. over two weeks, more than 600 acts bus along the street often moments apart.
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some make $800 a day but the real prize is discovery. ♪ ♪ >> keith urban, one of the biggest country music stars in the world once bussed here. young singers dream of a similar destiny. >> a lot of these singers would dream to be like keith urban or casey chambers. something asmall like this it is the beginning. >> walking and listening are the judges. listening for the best buskers in town. >> something i enjoyed myself. >> there is no block on who performance but strict reforms how they do it. >> these are the buskers terms and conditions. impromptu performances. that's slightly pr diluted b sle
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following credit conditions. >> at night rodeos compete for the crowds. but on peel street, the busking is around the clock. al jazeera. >> brian adams concert in zimbabwe, sends the wrong message about robert mugabe'e's controversial regime. he is a worldwide artist. regulations that would allow banks to do business with legal marijuana sellers.
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paw paw beban has this story from denver. >> 20 states that have legalized marijuana for either recreational or medical use, for them really banking and managing money have probably been the biggest obstacle to doing business. of course they have not had access to lines of credit or accepting credit cards, they can't even set up a checking account, which makes it difficult paying their employees or paying bills. when is the last time you pay bills in cash? >> total game-changer. bring everybody the legitimate, keep the piles of cash in the banks where they belong, instead of at these centers where they are at risk of robbery. everything else is really, really good. >> banks will not be accepting deposits, what it's going to do
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is tell prosecutors not to prioritize taking action against banks that do. banks of course want a lot more specificity on that, lot more details, they are concerned about charges of money laundering or aiding and betting a criminal enterprise. but today, the marijuana business people are very happy. >> paul beban reporting from denver. well, they wait a lifetime to ride these waives, sometimes over 40 feet tall. they grab their waves for what is called the greatest surfing competition on the planet. melissa chan has the story. >> they say it's the mt. everett of the surfing sport. mavericks. some of the biggest most dangerous and potentially lethal waives.
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surfers ride down 40 foot walls of water as high as four story buildings. the waves crash so powerful they even show up on earthquake sensors in the san francisco bay area. we caught up with some of the competitors before dawn as they are heading out. >> we are taking a huge risk for our lives. but the guys who do it are really, really comfortable. >> that's what's part of big wave surfing, it's part of your dna if you love it or not. >> the reason i surf out here, keep coming back is the feeling you get from it, the near, i don't know, the thing that almost kills you like make you feel alive. >> and at sunrise with little ceremony, the best of the best pushed off to face the sound and the fury. the mythic waves are offshore. sometimes as much as two miles out in the open sea discovered only in 1975.
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during the competition the beach is actually closed to spectators for safety. fans party and watch the contest here on shore. the closest they can get to mavericks. >> it's really unusual to have a surfing event where you can't see it from shore. and so they set up this whole festival sort of atmosphere and experience with the jumbo-tron. it's really unique in all surf contests. >> oh it is absolutely amazing. they say the olympics of surfing, really true. >> also for participants. they say they come to mavericks not to ride the wave but to survive it. melissa chan, al jazeera, half moon bay, california. coming up, eastern check mate. bill gates gets crushed in a chess match in less than 90 seconds. plus beatle plain y mania he
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u.s., 50 years later. first there's one image that caught our eye in today's freeze frame. the image from the sunday magazine cover. this week's new york times magazine cover, hillary clinton, the producers decided to depict her like a planet. we wanted to show you a little bit of the new york times magazine cover with hillary clinton. we'll be back, with more news, after this. education continues... >> i'm a physicist, and i've gotten a whole new understanding of the meaning of inertia, from trying to get these ideas out... >> flip school, part of our week long in depth series
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. here are tonight's top stories. fiery demonstrations in ukraine, president viktor yanukovych says
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he's willing to are make concessions but protestors say he needs to resign. targeted all four attacks targeted police and hilt in or near cairo. at least six people died, dozens more were injured. a critical day ahead for negotiations looking to end the bloodshed in syria. representatives from both sides have agreed to meet face to face tomorrow in geneva, it would be the first time they met face to face since the start of the three year conflict. a judge has ordered a brain dead pregnant woman to be taken off life support. the hospital could appeal the order. a friday wall street may want to forget. the dow dropping 318 points off nearly 2%. investors concerned over the strength of the emerging markets and the sign of a slowdown in
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china. i'm john siegenthaler, we'll see you back at 11:00 eastern, 8:00 pacific. you can always get the latest news at i'll see you at 11:00 eastern. >> on "america tonight", a sporting chance? as the clock ticks down to one of the biggest sporting events we'll ask, will brazil be ready? >> we have to decide if the stadium will be ready to organize to all world cup games. >> also tonight, turning learning on its head. our in-depth look at american education, the flipped classro classroom. and why inverted instruction may be trickling down to more students. i


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